Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
  • whnt-earth-design1 Snow & Sleet reports, no accumulation expected

    We are getting a few snow/sleet reports in the Tennessee Valley this morning. It’s important to know this will be short-lived and no accumulation is expected. Most of the precipitation is now east of the area as cold air filters in! Our followers on Twitter chimed in this morning with their reports of wintry precipitation! Here are a few more from Facebook this morning!   Tasha – Flurries – East Limestone Teddy – Flurries – Florence LeAnn – Flurries – […]

  • futurecast1 Get used to the cold temps

    This pattern isn’t going anywhere. Most of the nation is the deep freeze and we are still over a month away from the official start of winter. Here is a look at the national current temperatures at 4am.   Temperatures this afternoon won’t get much above 40° in most spots. This is way below the average. The long-term pattern calls for several shots of cold air to move through keeping the Tennessee Valley and most of the country in the […]

  • cold1 Mild for now, cold later this week

    Enjoy this afternoon after a chilly start. Highs today reach the upper 60s to lower 70s under a mostly sunny sky. Here is a look at readings this afternoon. Spend time outside today because a huge change is in the forecast later this week! There are a few showers in the forecast late Tuesday into Wednesday. This won’t be a big deal. Totals amount to just a few hundredths of an inch in the Tennessee Valley. Some areas won’t see […]

  • 628_trend2 Improving forecast, cooler temps on the way

    We had a busy early morning in the Tennessee Valley with a line of severe thunderstorms move through the region. Only three warnings were issued including one tornado warning for Limestone & Madison Counties. It was issued just before 3am and canceled right before 3:30am. Here are the local storm reports. Blue Dots – Wind Damage FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE: Emergency Manager in Red Bay Reported Wind Damage: DAMAGE WITHIN THE CITY OF RED BAY INCLUDES 2 […]

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    Hottest day of 2014 so far: High of 96 expected today

    Today will be the hottest day of 2014 in Huntsville. So far we hit 94° on June 18 and 93° five other times.  I’m forecasting 96° this afternoon. With high humidity, the heat index runs in the triple digit category. We have two days in the forecast with highs in the middle 90s before it cools off in time for the 4th of July. Rain chances are slim over the next several days. With Tropical Depression #1 (Arthur) to our […]

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    Hotter this week; looking ahead to the 4th of July forecast

    The 4th of July is almost here. Folks are making plans to grill out, watch fireworks, or possibly take the boat out on Lake Guntersville. Right now, there could be a few showers in the forecast. At this point, we aren’t expecting a big deal. The chance of rain is only in the 10%-20% range Friday into the evening. The bigger story is the hotter temperatures we’ll see this week. Expect lower 90s today and middle 90s on Tuesday. Upper 80s […]

  • regional_sat23 Unsettled Weather Pattern Continues

    We had a few rounds of strong storms move through the Tennessee Valley this morning. More light to moderate rain falls just to our west in Mississippi. This lifts north and east providing mainly light rain and a few thunderstorms later this afternoon. We’ll hopeful what storms do form stay below severe limits this afternoon. The atmosphere will likely have a tough time recovering especially if the rain from Mississippi moves overhead through lunch time. Moisture from N. Mississippi Moves […]

  • more_storms400 More Storms Expected Today

    Showers that fell in Lauderdale County eastward into Morgan County are now gone. Things are quiet in our short term forecast this morning. Patchy dense fog for some especially in DeKalb County is now mixing out. 7:30am Image From Early This Morning: Showers fall this morning in northwest Alabama. We’ll watch this complex slowly press east. Don’t be surprised to hear a few rumbles of thunder as well on your way to work this Friday morning. Here is a look […]

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    Continuous Updates: Live Blog on

    (WHNT) – Strong to severe storms are possible through the evening in the Tennessee Valley. Strong winds, torrential rain, and dangerous lightning are likely with the strongest storms. Much of the Tennessee Valley is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 p.m. WHNT News 19 has crews stationed throughout the area to bring you the latest information on air and online.  Check our live blog on for continuous updates.

  • spc2 Severe Storms Possible Wednesday

    It’s a great day in the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures are in the lower 80s under a partly sunny sky. Rain chances today remain on the low side. Only 10%-20% coverage this afternoon. Taken at 11: 30am   This event coming up Wednesday isn’t a “slam dunk.” Don’t expect anything like April 28. Right now the main threat will be damaging winds to the Tennessee Valley Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. The tornado threat is low. It’s something we’ll monitor as […]

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    LIVE Blog: Tornadic Storms Move Through Tennessee Valley

    A strong storm system is moving through the Tennessee Valley, which has produced tornadoes already. The WHNT News 19 meteorologists are on the air and updating a live blog on You can also watch live updates on – our meteorologists will update you until the storms are out of the Tennessee Valley.

  • severe2 Moderate Risk For Severe Storms Monday

    As we get closer to Monday and Tuesday, the timeline for severe thunderstorms becomes a little more clear. As of Sunday morning, the greatest chance of severe thunderstorms for the Tennessee Valley will be late Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. This is a very dynamic, slow moving storm. It might take a while for the storms to clear the Tennessee Valley. It’s one reason why there is also a flooding concern. All of the Tennessee Valley is under a […]


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